Alex Van Cott remained perfect this spring.
Feb. 28, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - After dropping the doubles point, the Tulane men's tennis team rallied to take the first four singles matches and earn a 4-1 victory over UTSA on Friday morning in the first round of the 48th annual eight-team H-E-B Tournament of Champions at the H-E-B Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Koepfer claimed a 6-0, 6-4, win over Yannick Junger on court one, Rey defeated Joel Rubio, 7-5, 6-3, on court two and Ian Van Cott got past Harley Pearson, 6-2, 6-4, on court five. Alex Van Cott earned a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, win over Boburjon Kamiljanov on court six.
"Our guys showed a lot of heart today after losing a really close doubles point by coming out and winning five first sets in singles," Tulane head coach Mark Booras said. "That helped reset the tone for the match, but UTSA did a great job hanging in there to make us really earn the fourth point. I like how we kept it together when we were down in and in adverse wind conditions to get a great conference win for us against a solid team."
The wins by Koepfer and Alex Van Cott improved each of the sophomores to 9-0 this spring.
With the victory, Tulane will advance and face SMU at 4 p.m. CT in the second round. The winner will then move on to the championship match on Saturday at Noon CT against the winner of the Louisiana-Lafayette vs. South Alabama winner.
"Now we have to refocus in the next couple of hours to play a very tough SMU team in the semifinals."
After this weekend, the Green Wave will continue the road trip with a trip to Florida for a match at USF in Tampa on March 4 and at UCF in Orlando on March 6.